In the end, we will conserve only what we love; we will love only what we understand and we will understand only what we have been taught.
- Baba Dioum, Senegalese Conservationist

Who is CINDAQ & What do we do?

El Centro Investigador del Sistema Acuífero de Quintana Roo A.C. (CINDAQ) facilitates research, promotes education and supports the conservation of the natural and cultural resources associated with the cenotes and underground rivers of Quintana Roo, Mexico.

Our vision is for the establishment of a regional model of sustainable tourism and development that serves as an example for other similar areas.

Latest projects

A foundation for scientific work to help understand & protect the aquifer of Quintana Roo, Mexico

Sagitario / La Mina

In 2017, underwater cave explorers of CINDAQ found evidence of ancient mining activity while exploring and mapping new tunnels of an underwater cave near...

About us

Our primary dive team has more than 70 years of combined experience exploring, mapping and studying the underground rivers of this area. We have performed over 15,000 dives which translates into tens of thousands of hours of valuable experience and lessons learned both above and below the water. Our goal is to use our expertise to further the knowledge of the extent of these caves. We do this by incorporating current technology to aid us in locating, mapping and documenting the caves. With the information that we are able to generate we can help direct and coordinate scientific study of the aquifer and in turn use that information to educate the public at large.